Leading US convenience store chain 7-Eleven today [Thursday] reported third-quarter profit of US$29.5m, or 25 cents a share, compared with last year's third-quarter profit of $41.4m, or 35 cents a share. Core income, excluding items, was $29.5m, or 25 cents a share, compared with $47.6m, or 40 cents a share, for the previous year.